Are You Happy At Work?


By Jas Singh

Happy Happiness Day everyone!

Today is International Day of Happiness. Happiness is the fundamental goal of life. Everyone has the right to be happy. The way we measure our personal happiness varies for each of us – health, wisdom, relationships, families, career, financial and so on. For some – just the privilege of being on this earth.

The majority of us spend most of our adult lives at work. Which begs the question – are happy are you at work?

It’s human nature to overcomplicate things. Often we rank other factors ahead of happiness when assessing our jobs – the money, career opportunity, what society thinks, how much time we have already committed to get “there”. And so we rationalize – kidding ourselves that our jobs are great – when the fundamental and underlying happiness is not there.

But top performers rank happiness and job satisfaction ahead of everything. In fact happiness even drives performance.

So how happy are you at work?

Here are a few questions everyone can assess to how happy at work you really are.

1) Do you look forward to work?

Are you the first one in the office or regularly late? The last or the first to leave? Do you get out of bed with a spring or are you always hitting the snooze button? Does time fly when you’re at work or are you a clock watcher? Are you on fire Monday mornings or are Sunday nights depressing?

Happiness is a drug – the best one ever invented by mother nature; highly addictive but no side effects, no long term damage and totally free. The more you look forward to work and the faster time seems to go, the chances are the happier you are.

It’s an easy test. Be honest – how do you rank?

2) Are you popular in the workplace?

We all want to be happy. And we are fundamentally attracted to happy people. Often because they make us feel happy.

Happier people have been shown to attract and develop better relationships. And ironically this leads to even more increased happiness as friendships themselves are an essential ingredient in sustained happiness.

Chances are the happier you are at work, the more people will be attracted to you and the happier you will be. Constantly complaining about work and grumbling? It’s likely your mood is repelling others and you’re isolating yourself. Maybe it’s not really the management or business – it just might not be the right job for you.

How strong are your relationships at work?

3) Do you always have an eye out for something else?

The happier you are, the more focussed you will be. From personal experience, it’s possible to interest candidates that may be well paid, highly experienced, in senior roles and even who are “locked in” with shares or equity. But candidates who aretruly happy are nearly always impossible to move – until their situation changes. However, the number of people in work that make up this population is very low.

If you’re continuously trawling vacancy boards, speaking to recruiters, updating your CV, or even continuously attending interviews, the chances are you’re not that happy at work. The grass seems greener somewhere else.

The happier at work you are, the more content you will be.

4) If you were financially independent would you still be doing the same thing?

Very few people I meet (this year so far I’m averaging around 5-6 candidates a day), are in their dream jobs. The end goal, the thing they hope to do “one day” is always something else. Set-up their own business. Work for a start-up. Become a property investor. Change industry. Something more fun. An opportunity to work from home, or travel, or help others.

Many candidates, after years – even decades of doing the same thing, aren’t even sure where happiness lies – whether it is even possible for them to be happy in the workplace. After years of being an accountant, working in banking or having a career in sales many don’t even know what their options are.

And the excuse for refusing to leave the current status quo is always the same. Money. Yep, if it weren’t for the green stuff things would be different.

Guess what. If you work mainly for money, things will never change. The more experience you have, the more money you will earn. Which means the more money you have to leave on the table. Change doesn’t become easier the more money you earn – it becomes harder.

Past a certain point, my personal experience is that happiness and money are rarely connected. If you were financially independent (whatever that may be for you) would you still be in the same job?

For the highest achievers, money is irrelevant. Happiness in the work place comes first. Job satisfaction, working with others that inspire you, having fun.

The money is just a by-product.


Happiness is not a privilege but a right.

Hiring managers can gain huge advantage over competitors by hiring those who want the job not because of money or status – but because they will enjoy it. It will make them happy.

Do you want to be happier at work?

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